UAE entry to brighten EAC Youth tour

THE United Arab Emirates and the United States of America will bring teams to Tanzania to participate in the forthcoming East African Youth Soccer tournament this December in Arusha.

The tourney will also get support from the National Spanish League of La Liga.

It is also the first time La Liga gets to support the East African Youth Soccer tourney in Arusha, according to the Future Stars Academy Director, Alfred Itaeli.

More than 220 teams have confirmed participating.

The Future Stars Academy is organizing the six-day-long Chipkizi Cup, an annual event with support from the National Spanish league of La Liga.

Jorge Gazapo, the La Liga International Development envoy representing Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, says it is a pleasure for La Liga to be involved in the Chipkizi cup.

“La Liga’s commitment to the grassroots is unquestionable; that is why we are now in Arusha, as we believe that the future of football sustainability is in the youth,” he said.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Somalia, Nigeria and the United States are among the countries debuting into the regional football event for the first time.

Transforming from mere East African soccer tourneys and becoming International, the Chipkizi Cup, which enters its 13th year, has attracted more than ten countries.

Participating countries include the PE Academy of Zimbabwe, Vosovo Academy of Somalia, Janza Academy FC Strikers, Al Etihad of United Arab Emirates, and NZE strikers from Nigeria.

Others are the Kensington Soccer Club from Washington, Amarigo, Paorinher Academies of Uganda, Ujuzi Soccer, Ligi Ndogo Academy and Rova Academy of Kenya JKU of Zanzibar.

The East African Chipkizi Cup goes international as more than 220 teams have registered to participate in Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Somalia, UAE, Namibia, and Zambia Academies confirm to participate in the East African Chipkizi Cup 2022.

They are joining up with Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zanzibar.

The annual event will involve both boys and girls from age categories under seven, under 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20 and girls under 11, 15 and 20.

Future Stars Academy is a ‘goal orientated’ football training and youth empowerment program for vulnerable youth in the Arusha districts

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